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Old 08-19-2017, 10:00 PM   #1
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2017 Precept 31UL - Modifications

We have had a 2017 31UL for 9 months and 8000 miles. I have been intending to post a "contrarian" rant in this forum, in an attempt to counteract some of the negativity I have seen. Like having to undertake various types of modifications to have something tolerable. Suspension, tire pressures, weight distribution, engine noise suppression, etc. It seems to me that a steady dose of that kind of talk could discourage new and potential buyers. I for one cannot relate to any of it. We think the 31UL, and especially with the 2017 upgrades, is a lot of RV for the money, the ideal size and features for 2 people. Our point of reference is a 2014 Melbourne 29D that we owned for 3 years and 18,000 miles.

Hobbyists can play around with tire pressures, CAT scales, shock absorbers, seating modifications and sound isolation mats, but by no means are these activities necessary to have a good experience.

One man's opinion.
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Old 08-20-2017, 06:46 AM   #2
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I have to agree wth you. We've had our 2018 35S for 3 1/2 months now and have put a little over 9000 miles on it. We must have the only good riding 35S in existance. I called Jayco when I first got it because I noticed it had stock shocks on and they sent me a set of Bilsteins that don't fit the 2018s so I found someone else who could use them. The more I drive it, the better it seems to ride. I'll put a Safe-T-Steer on just in case, but I don't think I'll do anything else.
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Old 08-20-2017, 07:03 AM   #3
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Well said. We also came from a Melbourne 29D, a 2010 with similar length of ownership and miles. When Jayco put the the 31UL on the large chassis, we were hooked! The great floorplan of our much loved 29D with more of everything. It has been great from day one and has gotten even better as we have done mods and projects that while no means neccessary have added to our enjoyment of our 2017 31UL.
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I'll put a Safe-T-Steer on just in case, but I don't think I'll do anything else.
Safe-T-Steer would be a different matter entirely. Installed for the same reason that I wouldn't be without a TPMS. I'll have to read up on the Safe-T-Steer.
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Old 08-20-2017, 07:59 AM   #5
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I have had my Precept 35 S for over a year with close to 14000 mile and love the ride and handling not sure why the need for doing upgrades, we love it.
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[QUOTE=chasfenwick;558563]We have had a 2017 31UL for 9 months and 8000 miles. I have been intending to post a "contrarian" rant in this forum, in an attempt to counteract some of the negativity I have seen. Like having to undertake various types of modifications to have something tolerable. Suspension, tire pressures, weight distribution, engine noise suppression, etc. It seems to me that a steady dose of that kind of talk could discourage new and potential buyers. I for one cannot relate to any of it. We think the 31UL, and especially with the 2017 upgrades, is a lot of RV for the money, the ideal size and features for 2 people. Our point of reference is a 2014 Melbourne 29D that we owned for 3 years and 18,000 miles.

Hobbyists can play around with tire pressures, CAT scales, shock absorbers, seating modifications and sound isolation mats, but by no means are these activities necessary to have a good experience.


One man's opinion.[/QUOTE

Hobbyists??? I'll take that as an insult. I've been wrenching on vehicles since 1977. I'm no hobbyist for adjusting my tire pressure, doing the CHF and changing my shocks thank you!
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We have had a 2017 31UL for 9 months and 8000 miles. I have been intending to post a "contrarian" rant in this forum, in an attempt to counteract some of the negativity I have seen. Like having to undertake various types of modifications to have something tolerable. Suspension, tire pressures, weight distribution, engine noise suppression, etc. It seems to me that a steady dose of that kind of talk could discourage new and potential buyers. I for one cannot relate to any of it. We think the 31UL, and especially with the 2017 upgrades, is a lot of RV for the money, the ideal size and features for 2 people. Our point of reference is a 2014 Melbourne 29D that we owned for 3 years and 18,000 miles.

Hobbyists can play around with tire pressures, CAT scales, shock absorbers, seating modifications and sound isolation mats, but by no means are these activities necessary to have a good experience.


One man's opinion.[/QUOTE

Hobbyists??? I'll take that as an insult. I've been wrenching on vehicles since 1977. I'm no hobbyist for adjusting my tire pressure, doing the CHF and changing my shocks thank you!
I figured that I'd get a rise out of someone with that characterization. A difference in perceptions.
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I've been working with tools everyday of my life since I was 17. The last 34 years as an electrician in commercial and industrial installations. I don't have any perceptions and neither do a lot of others here on the forum. Some of us just know how to get stuff done and don't need perceptions or concepts to get us thru life. With the attitude you have I'll drive right by you as you sit on the side of the road broken down.
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I've been working with tools everyday of my life since I was 17. The last 34 years as an electrician in commercial and industrial installations. I don't have any perceptions and neither do a lot of others here on the forum. Some of us just know how to get stuff done and don't need perceptions or concepts to get us thru life. With the attitude you have I'll drive right by you as you sit on the side of the road broken down.
Sounds like a plan!
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chasfenwick - thanks for the positive post.

we have a 2015 31ul. aside from the multiple issues we have had we really
enjoy traveling with our "Moose". It's the right size for us (typically 3-4 people).
it drive nicely (haven't had to any driving upgrades) and the floor plan is great.

when i watch the weekly RV Shows on cable tv (e.g. GO RV, Big Time RV).
my wife say why are you watching these? I live my "Moose" and don't want
a different one..

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the October "get-together" in Zion !!!
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